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Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan)

No.1 Wenjin Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100000, China
010-64040610
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As featured in 3 days in Beijing
Ranked #10 of 1,245 attractions in Beijing
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Type: Parks, Bodies of Water, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: Kubla Khan in 1260 took up residence in this palace, which today is a 168-acre park filled with historic buildings, restaurants and a lake.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Beihai park was amazing.....it's beautiful big and a must see for Beijing. I only spend a couple of hours because I had a plane to catch, but next time I will spend at least half a day and explore more of the park

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Visited May last year. We saw all the sites on a 10 day tour of Beijing and this was by far my favourite park. He brought some snacks and drinks and went off exploring. Beautiful gardens all so different - meandering pathways - it was all so relaxing - not busy at all. I loved the water and Lilly ponds,... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Sure it's a busy place but don't let that deter you. I took one of the little ferries to Jade Flower Island (琼华岛, Qiónghuádǎo) in the center of the park and hiked up to the White Dagoba, where there are several Buddhist temples and striking views of the city. Then I walked back to the park entrance, stopping in the... More

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Kortrijk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Be sure to bring your pick-nick and watch the sun set over the (forbidden) city. The park itself is very nice as well, and certainly worth a visit on its own.

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York
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Peaceful lakes, picturesque temples and a vast array of flowers and plants, what a lovely place to amble along away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can also climb the many steps up to the huge white bell-shaped pagoda building for lovely surrounding views of the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If you want somewhere central that is beautifully hidden and reasonably quiet then head to Beihai Park. The entrance is a few minutes west of the Northern Gate of the Forbidden City. Having visited a few parks in Beijing this one topped the lot for being perfectly normal, open, easy to get around and just beautiful. There is an option... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The first few times I went here I went by bicycle. It was a pleasant journey. It's a nice, large place, with paths and water. Nice for walking around or just relaxing. Being there makes you feel like you're really in China.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

some climbing is needed to get to see the kind of stupa, but the walk is enjoyable and being along the lake brings some coolness.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This park is a great place to walk around and enjoy the tranquility that is often rare in Beijing. For only 10RMB, it is worth the money. I also happened to visit when the lotus flowers had bloomed, so the sight of the river was especially beautiful. There were many families and couples strolling around the park as well. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

You have to pay for entry and is conveniently located just 5 minutes walk from the back of the forbidden palace. We got a pedal boat which was fun. The park also had a tea house and several shops selling snacks, drinks and ice cream

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